Racial Politics in Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat”, Toni Morrison’s “Recitatif”, and James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues”

Khaoula Chakour


The African American literature is a committed literary framework which subsumes a tremendous corpus of works whose intent is to re-echo the variegated traumas African Americans have gone through in the course of history. In doing so, it sheds light on the intricate conundrums of slavery, social discrimination, racism, the African American history, culture and identity, and interracial relationships. In this context, in their short stories “Sweat”, “Recitatif” and “Sonny’s Blues”, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison and James Baldwin respectively endeavor to foreground the same issue of racial politics, yet each of these authors embrace a quintessentially different perspective.


Racial politics; Racism; Sexism; Essentialism; Reconciliation.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/10235


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